AS the referee brought an early end to Latics’ game with Sheffield Wednesday in December, few could complain.
On a night ruined by torrential rain and a waterlogged pitch, Wigan’s performance was the only positive.
Dominating from the first minute until the 59th, James McClean’s goal had given the side a deserved lead.
But with the ball struggling to simply roll across the ground, the referee had no option but to halt the game.
It was Uwe Rosler’s second game in charge of Latics and despite the dreary end, he has good memories.
“I felt it was a fantastic game for me as a coach,” he said.
“We played with three at the back, with wing backs, three in the middle and two up front and did tremendously well. I really saw a lot of potential but unfortunately the game was called off when were on top.
“But that happens in football, we have moved on and now we have another chance. Our teams have not totally changed our characters. Stuart Gray has done a fantastic job bringing players in and they now have much more mobility and energy, they are very good on the counter attack and have pace.
“When we met them last they had averaged five shots per goal and now they have 12 each game and this is why they are winning games.
“Now, we are more compact, more difficult to beat and we are fitter with more energy to attack.”
Latics go into the game on the back of a disappointing 1-0 defeat at Huddersfield but, like he did after that game, Rosler is keeping positive.
“We analysed the game and I was astonished by the comments of Mark Robins that they deserved to win,” he added.
“I thought it was the opposite and still think that after seeing the game again.
“We absolutely dominated the second half, apart from the last 10 minutes. There were a lot of positive things and we have to be better in the final third, we are working on that.”
Rosler has been left frustrated by the lack of firepower in front of goal.
New loan signing Martyn Waghorn impressed at Huddersfield but couldn’t find the net.
Latics look set to be without top scorer Nick Powell again tonight but Rosler believes that if his players continue to keep doing what they’re doing, they’ll reap the rewards.
“We have to continue in the style of play we have and continue following the game plan and application,” he said.
“I had no criticism for my team whatsoever after the Huddersfield game apart from we’ve not scored. It was a totally different scenario than when we lost in Doncaster.
“The players are a very experienced group of players, The average age is 28, they know how to handle things.
“I have told them that Sheffield Wednesday is a chance for us, it is one of our games in hand.
“We can catapult through the teams above us and the players are only thinking about Sheffield Wednesday.”